What makes a great clubhouse? #6 The Royal and Ancient
Just as a list of great churches would be incomplete without St. Peters, so any clubhouse compendium must include the mothership.
The building today bears little relation to George Rae’s original; a simple, H-shaped, single storey, neo-classical design. Gradual extensions and additions, including billiard rooms, staff accommodation and the famous balcony overlooking the Old Course, have created one of the most recognisable symbols of the game.
It is grand, stately and austere, foreboding in its resoluteness, a granite monolithic shrine to golf.
Further alterations should soon be taking place to incorporate a ladies’ locker room…